In the summary of 2023, I decided to make a list of the 10 most popular operating systems of the database of Linuxiarze.pl website. This list includes operating systems from the following families: Linux, BSD, Solaris, DOS, AROS, MikeOS, UNIX, and other operating systems that are or were developed independently, or are based on other existing projects.
As always, I took into account views of distribution/system pages, download pages and system installation pages.
Selecting the TOP 10 of the 2023, which you paid more attention to than other systems, may be interesting, but should not be a surprise.
A little surprise for me was the lack of systems other than based on the Linux kernel in the top 10 (or even 20)…
1. Linux Mint
Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based system with non-free codecs and drivers installed by default, thanks to which a novice user has no problem playing popular audio and video files. Mint’s release cycle depends on Ubuntu releases, and new versions of the system are released approximately 1-2 months after the official premiere of Ubuntu.
Ubuntu is a Live Linux distribution based on Debian, which can be installed on a hard drive. The distribution is sponsored by Canonical and the Ubuntu Foundation and the first version was released in 2004. Ubuntu, like its predecessor, contains only free software, but it is also possible to install proprietary packages and from other repositories.
3. Debian GNU/Linux
Debian is one of the oldest Linux distributions appreciated for its stability, a package management system that automatically solves dependency problems and security. Contrary to popular belief, Debian is not a particularly difficult system to install and manage, with a bit of commitment it will reciprocate with failure-free operation for a very long time.
4. Kali Linux
Kali Linux is a specialized Linux distribution for security testing and cracking. The system is based on the Debian distribution from the testing branch and is equipped with the GNOME desktop. Kali Linux is the sequel/new version of Back|Track.
5. Puppy Linux
Puppy Linux is an independent distribution started by Barry Kauler in 2003. Currently, the system is being developed by the Puppy Linux Community.
Linux Lite is a user-friendly and easy-to-use Linux distribution. It is based on Ubuntu LTS (Long Supported) and the default desktop is Xfce.
SparkyLinux is a Linux distribution built on Debian. It has a rich set of programs, codecs and plug-ins pre-installed, allowing you to work freely on your computer.
8. Zorin OS
Zorin is a distribution built on Ubuntu and aimed at beginner Linux users. The graphical interface is similar to MS Windows 2000, XP, 7 or Mac OSX (optional). It has pre-installed codecs, plug-ins and closed-source programs that will make it easier to switch from another system to Linux.
Android-x86 is an unofficial version of the Google Android operating system, intended for Intel and AMD x86 processors. The system is based on the open source, community-developed Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
10. Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE)
Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is built on Debian packages from the testing branch. Just like the Ubuntu-based version, it includes non-free codecs and drivers installed by default, thanks to which a novice user has no problem playing popular audio and video files.
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